Celebrating the End of the Week with NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

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There are two kinds of fall. There’s the fall where you get caught in the rain one gray day without an umbrella and cold raindrops slide down the back of your shirt, making you cry “Yeee!” while you clench your fingers and toes, and then there’s the fall right after the first rains of the season, when the sun returns, at least for a little while, and grasses and saplings have sprouted on the hillsides and turned them all from brown and yellow to green.


That second variety of fall is the one that reminds me of the new NARS Joyous Red ($24; part of the new NARS Holiday 2011 collection). I can’t think of a more fitting red lipstick to wear on a sunny Friday in fall. πŸ™‚

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For more on the NARS Holiday 2011 collection, check out…

NARS could have called it Celebration, because that’s how wearing it makes me feel — like I’ve just slipped on a pair of old jeans and found them a little loose (in other words, YAY!).

NARS has a knack for super wearable, eye-catching reds (Dolce Vita springs to mind), and for me, Joyus Red was love at first swipe. Warm, with golden orange undertones and a semi-matte finish, it even has microscopic flecks of golden glitter.

Just gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see it sing on gals with warm skin tones.

The lightweight, unscented and unflavored formula has a semi-matte finish that may be slightly drying, especially if you already have dry lips, so you might try prepping your lips first with a layer of moisturizing balm beforehand. As for wear time, it clocks in at about four-five hours on me (stays on like a MOFO!).

nars joyous red lipstick

nars joyous red

I’m wearing a single layer for these pics, which I feel is my sweet spot with Joyous Red, but you could always add a red lip liner or a gloss to punch it up a little (try Albatross, the one that comes with this release). Or, for a sexy, “Hi, I’m ScarJo and I just rolled out of bed” pout, just dab a bit lightly on your lips.


PRICE: $24
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to NARS counters, but available now online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (I love the color, but I think it could stand to be a little more moisturizing)

Woop-woop! We made it to Friday, friend! And thank the stars and ginormous tabby tums above because I’m plum tuckered out.

I still have a few more things I have to take care of this afternoon, but I’m looking forward to having some fun tonight, maybe dinner and a movie with El Hub. How about you? What are you doin’ tonight?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Joyce says:

    Nars Joyous Red looks gorgeous on you. It’s very appropriate for fall! =)
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  2. marisol says:

    This color looks stunning on ya! You are definitely ready to go on a hot date with El Hub.
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  3. Chris25 says:

    NARS, oh NARS, why must you tempt me so? You realize a girl cannot be satisfied with a dozen red lipsticks, so you release a new red in an attempt to make her part with her hard earned cash. Oh shame, shame on you! πŸ˜›

  4. Cody says:

    Oh, I’m loving this! Are there any other NARS or even MAC lipsticks you would compare this color too? I really want it but I need another red lipstick like I need a hole in the head so I need to see if I have any dupes first.

  5. Vonvon says:

    Wow! The last photo, you look HOT! Like some celeb poster photo. πŸ™‚
    Vonvon recently posted … Swatches & Review: Estee Lauder Elizabeth Hurley Pink Ribbon Collection – Lavish Pink Lipstick

  6. BooBooNinja says:

    Karen, since your unsuccessful trial with Smashbox’s Brow Tech wax, have you found a product that successfully tames your brows?

  7. Crystal says:

    You look great! I can’t wait to check that lipstick out. And the eye duo and arabian nights trio from Nars Holiday. What a great collection!
    Crystal recently posted … YSL Noir Haul & Holiday Nail Set

  8. Jennifer S says:

    Dnag girl! That second pic of you is so…… rawr!
    Your looking good. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for helping me make it throught the week karen πŸ™‚

  9. Kim says:

    Looks awesome! It looks like the perfect fall red.

  10. Jessi says:

    You make everything look so amazing. I know this red lipstick probably wouldn’t look so great on me, but you make me need it anyway!

    And yay for Friday! Today I plan on curling up on the couch with my dogs and watching DVR’d episodes of the X Factor (a guilty pleasure!).
    Jessi recently posted … Quick Review: elf Studio Minty Lip Gloss in New York City

  11. Julie says:

    What else are you wearing on your skin Karen? You look so glowy, radiant and fresh!

  12. Phyrra says:

    That red looks great on you!
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  13. Marian says:

    That’s a gorgeous and really wearable red! I may have to get this! : ) Have a great weekend!

  14. lyn says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous! This is such a pretty fall look πŸ™‚
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  15. Rads says:

    That’s a beautiful colour!! Could you give any non-matte recommendations for a similar colour…matte lipsticks tend to dry my lips πŸ™
    Rads recently posted … Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup (SPF 10)

  16. Alix says:

    So pretty, I can’t wait to try!

    Always confused, though, when you describe Dolce Vita as red… it’s a nude rose, nothing close to red at all.

  17. shadowy lady says:

    wow, another red I feel i need, lol! Looks great on u Karen….hope it looks as good on my cooler complexion too

  18. Jen w says:

    Another gorgeous fall lippy from NARS! It looks so beautiful on you, I can’t wait to try this when it’s released in Oz

  19. Nina says:

    what a gorgeous red lipstick!

  20. thepaigest says:

    Nars is doing you good girl πŸ™‚

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